Groovy Teen Crap, I mean Crafts

Great and Groovy Things to Make coverGreat and Groovy Things to Make

If this is still floating around someone’s teen section, I will probably have to kill myself. Teens in 1972 are today’s GRANDPARENTS. Of course, this craptastic book has macrame and tie dye! Yes, I do realize that much of the stuff in this book is popular again, but I am quite sure no modern teen will get past the title and cover without saying “I sure as hell don’t want to look like Grandma!” Oh, and if one more person tells me not to “judge a book by its cover,” I will probably throw up.

Keep this for your fantasy 70s collection, but get it the heck out of a current teen section.

Stay groovy!


Great and Groovy Things to Make back cover

suede and buckskin




  1. I have to admit I kind of like this one. It’s dated, but the illustrations are pretty. Love that flowing 70s hair! Just the girl’s eyes on the back cover are a little weird.

  2. I hhad this book and loved it. Although I didn’t try to do any of the crafts. Mainly I just looked at the groovy pictures and imagined the 60’s I was too young to remeber.

  3. Sorry to say this, but it probably wasn’t popular with teens in the 70’s—the parents and grandparent most likely took it out to make “cool” stuff as presents. I wouldn’t have taken this out!

  4. And good luck going to the Tandy Leather store in New York. The only one in the state is up in Syracuse. A slight detour. When the resource suggestions send you nonexistent places, it’s time to weed.

  5. Seems like it may have been published in the early 60s to begin with – no zip codes in the addresses for the leather shops….

  6. While there are a lot of items that turn me off here, aside from the fact that it is a rather aged craft book (let’s see, leather poncho? No thanks…), some of the projects and craft ideas could potentially be applied to other items/styles. Having said that, what’s with the people butt-bumping on page 73?

  7. Elizabeth, clearly, they’re doing The Bump. 😀

    Get a new book on Macrame. If you think the pictures are funny and want to put one up as a history of teens thing, harvest them before weeding.

  8. The elipses… in the phrases… on the back cover… made me have to read it in a really slow… stoned-sounding… way. Think that was… intentional, man?

  9. No color pictures (and only vague illustrations). No photographs of the steps. Completely out of date resources. Yup, it’s a weeder!

  10. Yeah, a craft book without illustrations in color…especially when one of the subjects is *dyeing*…is a weeder. Today’s young crafters are used to web pages with step-by-step photo tutorials, if not videos; they will not be impressed by this. Even if all of these styles were experiencing a huge resurgence without having changed or developed in any way (which is not the case), this would still be a weeder.

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